Took the mini-drifter down to Coho Cove Saturday with the wife.Got on the water at 5:00 am with high hopes of big kings and some sockeye dancing in our heads.It was raining just a little bit but that didn't dampen our spirits at all.Rowed up from the launch to the hole below the island and put out spin-n-glo's with eggs.And waited for the bite to get going.
About 6:30 some of the guided boats started working down to where we were.One got down river about 40 yards from us and "fish on".They landed a 20 pound king and our hopes and anticipation grew higher still.
We shuffled around several times ,looking to find "the slot" ,and to try to stay out of the way of the guides boats.The majority of the guides were fishing eggs and S-N-G's thoough a few were running plugs.By 10 am we'd seen maybe 6 hook-ups with 4 fish landed.
High tide Saturday was around 1:30 pm so as noon approached we were getting anxious to get some action ourselves.Between 12:30 and 1:00 o'clock ,3 seperate guided boats hooked up with kings that looked to be between 20 and 30 lbs each.We never had a bite.We tried several different combinations of colors,several different egg cures.and even pulled plugs for awhile but it was not our day to catch a fish.But I guess that's fishing.(I really hate to say that) but oh well.........
All in all, we saw about a dozen kings caught and a few more than that hooked and lost.I'd say that's a pretty good day.I felt bad for my wife cause she hasn't caught a king since 2009,but we will try again next Tuesday.Hopefully we can have the right combination and we will get to feel
the burn of a big king tugging on our lines.Maybe if we hold our mouths just right the stars will align and we can make it happen.
One other comment---there seemed to be a serious lack of sockeye movement compared to last Thursday when we were there.Maybe nets were getting them at the mouth,maybe dippers were having a great day.Don't know for sure --but I did notice a huge difference between the two days.I hope those dipping did good,but choose not to do that anymore myself.
It was a good day on the water even if we didn't hook-up.The guides were very courteous,the rain stopped after a bit,and the sun even came out in the afternoon.Plus several people did catch fish.It just wasn't us.......Still,any day on the river beats a day at work.Good luck to all......